Steampunk World of Wonderland

We are proud to be a part of this wonderful and innovative event! Come see us in Amarillo, TX on May 31st! We have a few things planned for this event that should be incredibly fun! Plus there’s carnival rides! This will be an event not to be missed by any fan of Steampunk!

Go to their Go Fund Me site (click the image) and help them make this event even more amazing!

Emerald City Steampunk Expo

We are proud to be a part of Emerald City Steampunk Expo. this year! Come see us at one of our panels:

Saturday (4-5pm): Steampunk for Beginners – Learn how to break into Steampunk without breaking the bank!

Sunday (3-4pm): How Firefly Inspired your Steampunk – A round table discussion about how Joss Whedon’s Masterpiece inspired you and your Steampunk!

Come visit us at our table! We’ll see you there!

Aether Roleplay System Beta Test

After 3 years in development, Airship Horizons is happy to announce that we’re entering the BETA phase of our LARP development. The Aether Roleplay System (ARS) is ready to be tested!

We’re looking for anyone who’s interested in Steampunk LARP to take some time and look over our system and if inclined, run a game using it. It’s designed to be exceptionally fast and easy to play. So players of all levels are encouraged to tell us your thoughts.

All we ask is that you give us your feedback! We want to know what you think!

Download Aether Roleplay System

Download SCARS vs. Order Setting for Aether Roleplay System

Report Bugs / Submit Suggestions

September Updates

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Cpt. Coppertop & Grayson the Landshark

We’re all still alive and well, and having a good time! We haven’t blogged or posted to facebook much, as we’ve been through a lot of changes. After the tornadoes, the Captain and 1st Officer had a change in jobs – all good things and promotions. A good chunk of our time has been dedicated to adjusting to our new jobs and rescheduling our hobbies around that. However, we’ve all been enjoying ourselves, doing stuff together, and re-organizing the ship during the down time. We took this opportunity to hash out some improvements (both for the Airship and our personal lives) and explore new ideas. We want to be more than just in the steampunk scene, so you may see us venturing into other conventions as we go into the new year. Stay tuned for more!

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Our Mascots, Dickie & Hugo, enjoying Talk Like A Pirate Day!

June Updates

Tornado season has been brutal here in Oklahoma this year. Thankfully, our crew and loved ones have fared well. It was scary and intense, but we’re all very strong! We’ve had some hardships and some promotions, and changes… it’s been a crazy couple of months. Unfortunately, due to some of those hardships and changes, we just can’t make it to Bayoucon. We really wanted to go, but we really can’t do it. We’re very sorry for the cancellation!

However, we are still on for Ama-con on July 20th in Amarillo, TX. We are going to try to get as many of the crew there as we can (hopefully the whole crew). We will have a vending table setup with props and toys as usual. We will, also, be hosting our Darkside of Steampunk panel as our Dark Ministries personas.  This panel covers a more gothic style of Steampunk inspired by works of HP Lovecraft, Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker. We, also, talk about building a “Bad Guy” Steampunk persona.  So be sure to check it out!

As things are settling down more and changes are underway, we hope to get more stuff posted here and on our facebook page. We have a crafting room / engineering bay to get cleaned out and setup. We have storage bins and tools to buy. Then we can get more work done and maybe record some videos! We also have plans to do some public hangouts and maybe some panels via streaming. We’ll see! We have a lot of work to do. If all goes well, we may have the opportunity to do more local community stuff. It’s a slow process, but we hope to get more done soon.

Anyways, look for us at Ama-con and join us on facebook!

Toy Goggles!

I’ve been through several toy goggle prototypes. I’ve discussed ideas with Amelia (of Airship Isabella), with our own crewmates, and with co-workers who aren’t involved in steam. With all the great ideas and suggestions and experimentation, we still hadn’t settled on how to make them. When we discovered Amazing Putty Mold and Resin Casting on our own, we finally found a winner!

We started using the mold and resin for cameos, buttons, and other projects, and then we thought “why not the goggles?” At first, we were going to make a mold of a plastic bottle cap that had a hole drilled out of the top to use as the “cap”, then use vinyl to make the rest of the goggle piece. However, my first officer had a better idea. He suggested that I make the goggles out of clay as one whole piece. I make a lot of clay trinkets and little models, so sure, why not goggles too? I took one of our unmodded goggles to use for reference and made some small clay goggles out of clay. Then the mold making was a whole new experiment. It took a chunk of wasted putty, and several bad molds before we figured out a better way to make the mold. It’s hard to explain, but how you fashion the mold takes some practice sometimes. But we did it! We found something that works, that we really like.

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I made three sizes from small to teeny. We will only be selling the standard small size, but can take custom orders. After the mold was made, it was about 20 minutes of waiting for the resin to set in the mold, then I painted the top part with rub-n-buff, and then wrapped the rest in fabric. I wrap them much in the same way that we wrap the real goggles, but I don’t use leather and I use superglue (and tacky glue). I made the straps out of a combination of the fabric and elastic.

As you can see in the photo below, we went with a flat top instead of the lens-like top. It was easier to make the mold if we left the top open which resulted in a flat surface. It still looked good, so we stuck with it. I might make improvements later on down the road.

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Niji the Radical Cat assisted me in modeling the mostly finished goggles. I bought Niji from Radical Works, and she happens to look good in our new goggles! I didn’t close the goggles off with the elastic yet, because I think it’s better to do that when they are bought. That way the person who bought it can have it measured according to the toy they want to put them on. I figure, you can either put them on toys you buy from us, or toys you buy from someone else! In fact, if you don’t want to use elastic, you can fashion the end of the goggles with more fabric, with velcro, buckles or buttons, or whatever you want to do with your new goggles!

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